During the conference, the establishment of the H. Kenneth Schueler Patient Advocacy Compass Award was announced by our “mystery” keynote speaker – Alexandra Schueler, Ken’s daughter. Her speech was one of the best I have ever heard in any venue, under any circumstances – quite remarkable for a young woman who is just starting out in the world. Alexandra shared her dad with us, what she knew about his work, and his relationship to his work. She evoked laughter and tears, respect and compassion. The audience was truly moved, and even those who had never heard of Ken and his work came to know the most important parts of him and his legacy.
And now we will further Ken’s legacy through this new award, described here.
To punctuate Alexandra’s talk, we announced the first winners of the Schueler Compass Award.
- Ida Schnipper, friend of Ken and owner of Health Champion
- Sima Kahn, MD, friend of Ken and owner of Healthcare Advocacy Partners
- Jason McNichol, friend of Ken and president of Health Advocacy Solutions
These first three winners were chosen by Alexandra and me (Trisha Torrey) because they exemplify the high ideals that laid the foundation for Ken’s work and because they were all good friends and colleagues of Ken’s. Then, because they are the first three, they were also asked to serve on the committee that will choose the winners in future years. Please wish them a hearty congratulations!
You can learn more about the award, and find a link to the application on the AdvoConnection website. Deadline for the 2012 award is December 1, 2011. We hope you will apply.